14 May, 2014 18:35

An adventure you’ll love.

The first thing I consider when I’m about to book a trip is how and where will I run?

I love a good mountain or scenic trail, but never a hotel gym.

When I booked a trip to the luxurious pink castle in St. Petersburg Florida, I envisioned a run on the white sands beach.

The Don Cesar hotel is positioned perfectly on the glistening oceanfront. Built in the 1920’s, and a haven for the rich and Famous, it often hosted Al Capone, Babe Ruth, and global leaders and socialites.

Today though, it’s been redefined, and the hip renovation by Loews hotel group has made it once again the in place to be. Hip blue interiors with blue leather chairs, bubble glass lighting, and modern accessories.

I’ve traveled all over the world and the sunset and service here, is one of the best I’ve experienced with a beach front that rivals St. Barths.

And herein lies the problem. I didn’t run once. This is normally a running blog. I love to write about my new Reebok spartan race shoes, or Lulumon gear, or running, adventure, and travel. But I didn’t run. At all. This is what I did instead.

The staff was so excellent, serving lunch and libations right to my beachfront cabana, that I did everything BUT run.

Yes, this is an adventure travel blog and so I can vouch that this is a hotel where adventure awaits.

I didn’t run, But I did jet ski, write a fabulous book with an NBA player client, and watch the kids snorkel in the magnificent pool and get tossed in the surf.

This hotel has five star service with an approachable staff. General manager Stephen Cummings was extremely personable and responsive. He’s clearly built a service minded team, down to the remarkable server, Michael, at the poolside restaurant. I love being a food writer, travel writer, ghostwriter and adventure traveler. It’s. great life.

And don’t get me started on the phenomenal chef, and the dishes prepared poolside or in the elegant lobby restaurants. The brunch on Sunday was reminiscent of a fine European restaurant with carving stations, unique compilations and a fantastic dessert station with bananas foster, creme brûlée and chocolate croissants.

Book your affordable flight to Tampa and take a car service to the Don Cesar. Skip the rental car! You won’t want to leave.

Tammy Kling is a Bestselling author, TEDx speaker, fly fisherman and adventure traveler. Www.tammykling.com

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11 thoughts on “14 May, 2014 18:35

  1. Looks like heaven! Sometimes, we just need to recharge. Sounds like you did it in style! Good for you. Heck, vacationing with kids is adventurous enough sometimes. Can’t wait to read the book you worked on!

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  2. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Could this be anymore true? From traveling 2,000 miles or just stepping right outside your front door, there’s an adventure around every corner. Thanks for reminding me of this, Tammy! I am really getting the travel itch now. Happy trails to you!

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